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Drug Companies Re-positioning Intravenous Drugs for Subcutaneous Delivery

06-14-2016 08:52 AM CET | Health & Medicine

Press release from: Greystone Research Associates

(Amherst, NH) – The number of drugs based on biologicals continues to grow at an increasingly rapid rate. Because of their physical properties and the relatively high administration volumes often required to achieve the desired therapeutic effect, the majority are developed and launched for intravenous administration. This is creating a burgeoning demand for infusion facilities, personnel and equipment.

The relative complexity, costs and patient logistics associated with IV infusion relative to other routes of administration is creating interest in post-launch re-engineering of IV drugs to allow them to be administered subcutaneously. A number of technology approaches are currently being employed to accomplish this migration. By pursuing IV-to-SC strategies, drug owners are finding they can achieve a number of competitive advantages. These include lower healthcare costs, ease of medication access, patient preference, and product branding.

Another consideration is IP management. As the pace of competition increases within the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, the concept of life cycle management is becoming a key component of drug product management. Much of the recent emphasis in this area has centered on efforts to extend patent rights protection. While reformulation has been and is an important approach, efforts to prolong IP benefits have only recently involved IV-to-SC drug re-positioning. This migration path is now becoming a significant pathway in the life cycle of many parenteral drugs.

The evolving migration of intravenous drugs to subcutaneously administered injectables is detailed in a new and comprehensive report researched and written by Greystone Research Associates. Intravenous-to-Subcutaneous Drug Markets analyzes the growing impact of re-positioned and re-engineered intravenous drugs on several key therapeutic markets. The report also analyzes demand drivers, development factors, market considerations, and strategic and economic factors, and provides profiles of market sector participants.

More information is available at http://www.greystoneassociates.org

Source: Greystone Research Associates

About Greystone

Greystone Research Associates is a medical technology consulting firm focused on the areas of medical market strategy, product commercialization, venture development, and market research. We assist medical and healthcare market participants in achieving their business objectives through the creation of detailed development strategies, product commercialization programs, and comprehensive market and technology research and analysis. Our market research publications are designed, researched and written to provide timely and insightful information and data on focused market segments, with the aim of providing market participants with the essential knowledge to refine and execute their marketing plans and financial targets.

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Mark Smith
Greystone Research Associates
98 Route 101A
Amherst, NH 03031 USA
Voice: 603-595-4340
Fax: 603-218-7020
www.greystoneassociates.org

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